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Erik Walden

Erik Walden - LB

Status Active
Height/Weight 6' 2"/ 250 lbs.
Birthday 08/21/1985
Birthplace Dublin, GA
College Middle Tennessee State
Years played 6
Drafted 2008, 6th round, 1st pick by Cowboys

Smith squares off vs. Johnson and Manning

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 8:58 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the matchup between Saints DE Will Smith and Colts OLT Charlie Johnson in the third of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

Disruptive Mathis a star in own right

Posted Feb. 03, 2010 @ 8:54 a.m. ET
While Colts DE Robert Mathis usually draws second billing to Dwight Freeney, all eyes will be on him Sunday if Freeney can't play, and Mathis, voted a Pro Bowl starter, is quite capable of picking up the slack.

Manning heaps praise on Collie, Garcon

Posted Feb. 02, 2010 @ 5:58 p.m. ET
Peyton Manning was hesitant to heap praise on his young receivers this season. It was obvious. No matter how outstanding rookie Austin Collie or second-year pro Pierre Garcon played in a game, Manning almost always tried to temper the enthusiasm.

Q&A with Colts WR Reggie Wayne

Posted Feb. 02, 2010 @ 5:42 p.m. ET
Colts WR Reggie Wayne spoke with reporters at Media Day on Tuesday and discussed Peyton Manning's place in history and the prospect of facing some of his college teammates in the Super Bowl.

Greer battles, but Wayne is tough assignment

Posted Feb. 02, 2010 @ 11:03 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the matchup between Saints CB Jabari Greer and Colts WR Reggie Wayne in the second of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

Colts preparing to go on without Freeney, but he could still play

Posted Feb. 01, 2010 @ 11:12 p.m. ET
The Colts are preparing to play without DE Dwight Freeney, who injured his ankle in the AFC title game and missed practice all last week, head coach Jim Caldwell said Monday. However, the possibility remains that Freeney could play Sunday.

Super Bowl game preview: Saints vs. Colts

Posted Feb. 01, 2010 @ 4:46 p.m. ET
PFW breaks down the matchups for Super Bowl XLIV, analyzing what to look for when each team has the ball, as well as special teams. We also rate which team has the edge at each position, in addition to five ...

Super Bowl XLIV matchup tidbits

Posted Feb. 01, 2010 @ 11:12 a.m. ET
Here's a roundup of interesting facts and figures for Super Bowl XLIV.

Will Freeney's bad ankle equalize matchup?

Posted Feb. 01, 2010 @ 10:55 a.m. ET
PFW's Eric Edholm analyzes the matchup between Saints OLT Jermon Bushrod and Colts DRE Dwight Freeney in the first of a daily series examining a matchup of the day leading up to Super Bowl XLIV.

Reliving past Super Bowls in South Florida

Posted Jan. 31, 2010 @ 12:53 p.m. ET
With Super Bowl XLIV only a week away, Tom Danyluk looks back at the nine previous Super Bowls held in South Florida, focusing on a highlight or two, or an interesting anecdote, from each game.

Colts downgrade CB Powers to doubtful

Posted Jan. 23, 2010 @ 10:47 p.m. ET
The Colts have downgraded starting CB Jerraud Powers to doubtful for Sunday's AFC championship game against the Jets. Jacob Lacey is his likely replacement, if necessary.

Indianapolis Colts' season in review

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 8:02 p.m. ET
We take a week-by-week look at the 2009 season of the AFC South champion Colts, the top playoff seed in their conference.

Colts WR Garcon makes quantum leap

Posted Jan. 21, 2010 @ 10:21 a.m. ET
After being “just a guy who didn’t play much as a rookie,” according to one daily team observer, Colts second-year WR Pierre Garcon made a quantum leap this season.

Manning, defense lead Colts past Ravens

Posted Jan. 16, 2010 @ 11:33 p.m. ET
Peyton Manning threw for two touchdowns in his first action since winning an unprecedented fourth NFL MVP award, leading the Indianapolis Colts into the AFC championship game with a 20-3 victory over the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday night.

Balance of power shifting back to NFC

Posted Jan. 15, 2010 @ 8:21 p.m. ET
PFW's Hub Arkush says a glance at the remaining playoff teams provides a good indication that the NFC has become a stronger conference than the AFC, with four championship-caliber NFC teams and only two such AFC clubs in the ...

Brackett a keeper for Colts — at right price

Posted Jan. 14, 2010 @ 2:33 p.m. ET
Word is the Colts would love to keep team leader and starting MLB Gary Brackett around, all things being equal, and that the feeling is mutual, except that Brackett “wants to be paid,” in the words of one team insider.

Resting players compromises integrity

Posted Jan. 10, 2010 @ 12:24 p.m. ET
The NFL must change a playoff-qualifying system in which some teams can elect to rest their star players in the final weeks of the season, thereby affecting which other teams make the playoffs.

Vinatieri the only unhealthy Colt

Posted Jan. 07, 2010 @ 4:23 p.m. ET
The sting lingers from the Colts’ controversial Week 16 decision to rest key players at the expense of a potentially perfect season. But it appears the strategy paid off in that just about every key player on the team is ...

AFC playoff primer

Posted Jan. 06, 2010 @ 10:33 a.m. ET
TE Dallas Clark is the Colts' player to watch in the upcoming playoffs, as PFW analyzes the offenses and defenses of the AFC's six postseason participants and speculates on what it will take for each to win the Super ...

Manning clear choice for league MVP

Posted Jan. 02, 2010 @ 4:23 p.m. ET
There are a number of players who've enjoyed amazing individual seasons, writes Ron Borges, but none has been as valuable to his team as Peyton Manning has been to the Colts.

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Posted March 12, 2013
The Colts reached an agreement in principle with Walden on Tuesday.||||||| Walden became a key player for the Packers injury-riddled defense each of the past two seasons and at 6-2, 250 has the ideal size for Pagano's defense. The former sixth-round draft pick had 106 tackles, six sacks, six passes defensed and two interceptions with Green Bay in 2011 and 2012.
Posted July 31, 2012
The NFL has suspended Walden for the regular-season opener for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The league announced the punishment Tuesday and said Walden would not be paid for the Sept. 9 game against San Francisco.||||||| In February, Walden reached a deferred judgment agreement to resolve a disorderly conduct-domestic abuse charge without pleading guilty. Walden spent last Thanksgiving weekend in jail after a dispute with his girlfriend. He agreed to perform 50 hours of community service and continue counseling.
Posted April 23, 2012
The Packers have re-signed outside linebacker Erik Walden.||||||| Walden appeared in 16 games for the Packers last season, with 15 starts. He had three sacks, two passes defensed and a fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown. He originally signed with the Packers as a free agent in October 2010 and went on to play in nine games with two starts that season, along with another three starts in the postseason.
Posted Nov. 28, 2011
Walden was released from jail Monday after spending the weekend behind bars following his arrest on suspicion of domestic violence. Walden was arrested Friday in Brown County on suspicion of assaulting his girlfriend at their apartment near Green Bay. County District Attorney John Zakowski said Walden's girlfriend originally told police they were arguing and he pushed her but she has changed her story to say she hit him first.||||||| No formal charges have been filed, though prosecutors are still investigating. Zakowski said he needs more time to interview others to see if this is a case of miscommunication or if the woman is trying to protect Walden. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 7.
Posted Nov. 25, 2011
Walden was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony domestic violence/substantial battery and will remain in the Brown County Jail until at least Monday.||||||| Walden allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend at the couple's apartment in Lawrence, just outside of Green Bay. Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Brown County Court is closed for the weekend, so while Walden's teammates have the next three days off following the team's 27-15 Thanksgiving Day victory at Detroit, Walden will remain in jail.

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